Back in April fans saw Kazakh fighter Aidar Sharibayev (8-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев] suffer he first loss, being stopped in 10 rounds by Andrew Cancio in a bout for the WBA Inter Continental Super Featherweight title in Indio, California. Today he bounced back from that loss with a dominant win over Ukrainian Artem Ayvazidi (11-14-1, 5) in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Kazakh fighter dropped his man twice in the bout, in round 1 and in round 3, but was unable to stop Ayvazidi, who has typically shown good survival instincts in the past. With Ayvazidi fighting to survive, rather than win, the decision was never in doubt, even without the knockdowns, and Sharibayev returned to winning ways.
At the moment it's unclear what the future holds for Sharibayev, though it does seem clear that whilst he is a heavy handed fighter his potential is limited, and real work will need to go on behind the scenes before he fights for a title again. He is a fun fighter to watch, and he is aggressive, but he is clearly lacking a touch of class that he'll need at a higher level, and he'll also be disappointed here in not stopping Ayvazidi, given how one sided the bout was.
We've known about a December 16th Kazakh card for a while, though all we really knew was that there would be 5 fighters flying the flag for Kazakhstan.
Today the entire card card was released, and unsurprisingly it's not exactly full of competitive bouts. In fact sadly it's actually a really disappointing line up of visiting fighters, from Ukraine, in what appear to be little more than mismatches in favour of the men representing Kazakhstan.
The reveal of the card has seen:
Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] being matched with Ukrainian debutant Maxim Moroz (0-0), over 6 rounds,
The once beaten Askhat Ualikhanov (4-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат] will be up against Yaroslav Yurov (2-0)
The hard hitting Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев] will be facing off with Artem Ayvazidi (11-13-1, 5),
Unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] has been matched against Pavlo Krolenko (0-1)
and Chinese-Kazakh Yelieqiati Nihemaituola (14-0-1, 5) will be risking his unbeaten record against against Farid Aliyev (5-0, 5), from Azerbaijan
Over the last few years Canadian promoter "Eye of the Tiger Management" has worked alongside a number of touted Kazakh prospects. It now seems however that those relationships are falling apart, with Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] reportedly leaving the promoter, the second Kazakh to do so in the space of weeks.
At the end of November we reported that Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] had essentially left, in the hope of fighting out of the US, and now Khussainov has also left.
Khussainov won't be out of the ring long however and instead he will be featured on the Kazakh card later this month, which will also feature the likes of Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] as well as Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев]. In fact Khussainov's image has been added to the poster over the last few days due to his addiction to the show.
This is an interesting development in what appears to be a pretty clear rift between the Kazakh fighters and the Canadian promoter.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!